WeChat Pay will be accepted for payments by Hong Kong train network

24 November 2017

WeChat PayWeChat Pay, one of the largest mobile payment services in mainland China and a major rival of Alipay in the market, is launching a pilot program jointly with Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway to allow travelers in the city to pay their fare using the mobile wallet.

The pilot program comes as a direct competition to Octopus contactless payments services widely used across Hong Kong. Under the deal users will be able to pay for the travel tickets from their WeChat Pay Hong Kong and Weixin Pay wallets at one of the two stations starting next month, as reported by the South China Morning Post.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) noted in the statement that the carrier realized the importance of electronic payment systems for customers as their number is continuously growing. After the research MTR made a decision to put foot at the mobile payment soil and pilot the scheme.

Earlier this month WeChat dealt with BNP Paribas to introduce the Chinese mobile payment service across the European countries. The rollout is scheduled to initially start from Paris to eventually expand to cover about 7.4 million Chinese visitors to Europe. At the first stage WeChat Pay will be introduced in two Paris upmarket stores belonging to the Galeries Lafayette Group, they are Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and BHV MARAIS.

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